Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Stop the madness

We all want Ketchum to be a warm, friendly, prosperous place. There are many ideas about how to do this. The City Council is in the "hot seat" because they have to actually execute their ideas into action—for better or worse—for all to see.

In the past, several ideas have been tried and haven't worked, such as the stoplight at the entry to Warm Springs Road and Main Street, the cement flower boxes at Sun Valley Road and Main Street, and the downtown one-way streets; ideas that sounded good but just didn't work out.

Today, Ketchum is in the middle of explosive growth. Some is good; some disliked. Whatever, it is important that we all take an active part in attempting to take the right path to the brightest possible future for our beloved town!

I know it can be great sport to deride the mental abilities of our elected officials; but it is unhealthy for our community: A while ago we had a recall election for Ketchum's City Council and the mayor of Sun Valley—it was so venomous that I felt sickened, and the warm friendliness of our town evaporated. It's not worth it.

If one wants to influence others (as the City Council), it has been my experience it is best to show appreciation for the other person's time and efforts and then give your idea as a positive suggestion.

As someone says to me almost every day, "aren't we lucky to be living here."

Jack Williams


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